sábado, 29 de diciembre de 2012

The Storyteller

When I was a very small girl, there was a tv series which was really striking for me. It was called THE STORYTELLER, and, I still remember, it was broadcasted on Mondays. THere were classical stories, but they were a bit dark and even scary for a little child; they looked really different indeed. 

I have reproduced three parts of one story called TRUE BRIDE (LA VERDADERA NOVIA), but there were many stories/ chapters  like: Hearless Giant, The thee Ravens, The Soldier and Death, Hans My Hedgehog, Cinderella, Fearnot, THe Luck Child, A Story Short, and Sapsorrow.
From my personal point of view, it is not difficult to understand because he speaks slowly and with a beautiful UK accent. You can also enjoy the chapters I mentioned before in Englsih or even in Spansih with the title: El Cuentacuentos. 







viernes, 28 de diciembre de 2012

Present perfect: what have you done? ELT.ESO AND BACHILLERATO

Let's imagine an interview to a famous musician who is touring all around the world:


-Hi what have you done in the last month?
-Well I've been to China three times, and it was awesome!
-Really? Have you ever been to India?
-No not yet but I have already visited other Asian countries like Pakistan.
-THat's amazing, what was the last thing you've done?
-Well let me think: I've j
ust come from a concert for a charity in England. There I could feel the real problems of people.
-Thanks a lot for your words.
-Welcome!!


This text talks about a person´s experiences and the recent events in his life. The words in bold refer to present perfect tense which is used for that.


FORM:

-have+ past participle

All perfect tenses are formed by the auxiliary verb HAVE in the tense which is referred to in the name (i.e. have in the present if it is present perfect). The main verb has to be in the participle which is the -ed form for regular verbs and the third  column (past participle) for irregular verbs.

Thus  the form is really easy. and the fuctions will be discussed in a few lines but you can guess by the text above.

USES
-Recent actions: I've just painted the room . you can see it is still wet. .
  Here, "just"" is used to express to express a very recent action. It can be translated by : acabo de pintar la habitación. puedes ver que todavía está húmeda. JUST is used between the auxiliary and the main verb.

-Life experiences: Have you ever been to China? Have you ever eaten frog´s legs? I've never learnt to cook
  Here "ever" means Alguna vez en la vida. "Never" can also be used, as it means nunca

-Actions happening in the past we don't know excactly when. I've lived in Pozoblanco for 5 years

OTHER EXPRESSIONS APPEARING IN THE DIALOGUE: 

ALREADY:It means YA. I've already eaten frog´s legs before. (ya he comido ancas de rana)

YET: It is used in negative sentences. It means "todavía o todavía no" and it is placed at the end of the sentence.  I haven't been to China yet.

FOR: For + period of time. I've lived in Jaén for 20 years (durante 20 años).
SINCE: Since+point in time. I've spoken English sin 1998 (desde 1998)


Now, let´s practice. There, you can also find explanations: 

 http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/complex_tests/present_perfect1/index.php
http://www.learn4good.com/languages/evrd_grammar/presentp.htm
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/410/grammar/pperf1.htm
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/tenses/present_perfect_statements.htm

This is about the difference between past simple and present perfect:

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs5.htm

http://a4esl.org/q/f/z/zz29bms.htm

I hope it has been profitable for you!!!!


lunes, 24 de diciembre de 2012

LONDON

Let me show you a special presentation. It was done by my niece, who is in primary education, therefore, I am very proud of her. As you can see, it shows some of the most famous sights and places in London. Next term, you will have to do something similar, so, get it touch with it and enjoy it!!!!

jueves, 13 de diciembre de 2012

OUR TV SHOW. ROLE PLAY FOR ESO ELT

Next week is going to be great. We are going to have a great time preparing a role play on tv shows. In my opinion, that's going to be awesome!!!
You can choose the kind of programme that you prefer and do what you like, the main objective is to enjoy yourselves and speak in English!!! Before doing that, let's revise the types of tv programmes and films in English.



Now, I have introduced some videos to help you to see the different formats of tv programmes. The first one is from the news, and it is subtitled, so that you can focus on the expressions used:



What is it about?

Next one is also taken from the news, but there is an interview:




Now, an episode from a famous cartoons, ok, I'm not kidding, they are very easy to understand and they talk about next holidays!!!!



Next one belongs to a famous quizz show, I hope you like it:





Just to conclude, have fun and try to watch everything.

martes, 11 de diciembre de 2012

Christmas Celebrations

I have noticed that there are some people from different countries following my blog, together with my beloved students
Holidays will be very soon, and, even though I do not know all of you, I'd like to ask you to do a favour: could you please describe some typical Christmas traditions in your country? I think it can be a great way to learn more and to know about each other.
I'd like you to tell me your favourite thing about Christmas.
Thank you in advance!!!!



Happy holidays and new year!!!


viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2012

QUESTIONS FOR ANSWERS . PREGUNTAS PARA RESPUESTAS

I know questions for answers are one of the most difficult thing you've learnt so far, mainly because you have to practise all the verbal tenses combiend with the wh elements and word order. This post can help you to practice because activities are sorted at different levels. 

Nevertheless, it is worth practising, even though I didn't find any page with explanations and activities to help you.
So, in the next paragraphs I have written some answers for you to practice, below, you will find the solutions.


LEVEL 1: 

1. My sister can speak seven languages
2.The vegetables are in the fridge
3. No, I don't. I prefer footbal
4.I'm 23 years old
5. I'm fine thank you
6. My best friend has got the coat in the wardrobe
7. My shoes are size 6


LEVEL 2
1. I live in Paris with my brother
2.The students come from Liverpool
3.Maria is coming around next weekend
4. She usually visits us once a week
5.I usually buy a lot of oranges

LEVEL 3
1. I bought three tickets to London
2. María learnt to swim last summer
3.Peter was doing the washing up when -I phoned him
4.Sarah brought three books from Liverpool

LEVEL 1 KEY:
1. Who can speak seven languages? How many languages can your sister speak?
2. What is in the fridge? Where are the vegetables?
3.Do you like tennis?
4. How old are you?
5. How are you?
6. Where has your best friend got the coat?
7. What size are your shoes?
LEVEL 2 KEY:
1. Who do you live with? Where do you live with your brother?
2. Where do the students come from?
3. Who is coming round next weekend? when is María coming around?
4, How often does she usually visit you? Who does she visit once a week?
5. How many oranges do you usually buy?
LEVEL 3 KEY.-
1. How many tickets did you buy?
2. When did she learn to swim? What did she learn last summer?
3 What was Peter doing when you phoned him? when did Peter do the washing up?
4. How many books did she bring? Where did she bring the books from?

COMPARATIVES AND SUPERLATIVES. ELT NOTES

Like in Spanish, we can compare many adjectives in different ways in English. Here, we are going to discuss it very briefly.
COMPARATIVEWith this, we say something is more... than something else.
There are two ways: for short adjectives we add: -er than....
           eg. My house is bigger than your house
For long adjectives, we write more........than
           e.g.  My house is more beautiful than your house
There are some irregular adjectives: good-better; bad-worse (mejor, peor)
SUPERLATIVEThe superlative form is used to say that something is the most
There are two ways: for short adjectives we add: the adjective -est
           e.g. My house is the biggest
For long adjectives we write : the most + adjective
           e.g. My house is the most beautiful
There are some irregular adjectives: good-the best (el/la mejor) bad-the worst (el peor)
When we want to say that something is equal to something else we use this structure: as+ adjective+as           e.g. My house is as beautiful as your house


Now, here you are some links with extra explanations:
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/adjectives-adverbs/adjectives/exercises

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/regcom1.htm
http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/45.html
http://www.eflnet.com/tutorials/adjcompsup.php
http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-9451.php

I hope it is helpful!!!